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Pages & Google XML Sitemap Worpress Pluggin

5:03 am on Aug 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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With my blog install I set a static page for the homepage and page called "blog" for the blog.

Now, Wordpress is NOT installed in a directory called blog, I just set it set to a page called "blog" via WP settings.


The sitemaps pluggin treats my blog page like any other page (about, contact, etc). Putting it to a change frequency of monthly and a priority of .3.

Obviously not good. So I 1) changed the pluggin options to not include pages and 2) via the pluggin interface, I added the pages manually so I could control the frequency and priority.

I have noticed that when I publish new content it rewrites the sitemap automaticaly (as it should) but it includes my pages even though I do not have the option to include page selected.

The end result is duplicate pages with different rules:

domain.com/blog .3 monthly

domain.com/blog .9 daily

1) What are the ramifications of this in terms of search bots?
2) Does this really matter
3) Do I simply have to manual edit the sitemap? Or is there a work around?

Thank you for reading.
11:07 am on Aug 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Search bots use sitemap files as a suggestion of what they should index. The sitemap file does not limit or control their crawling. Your sitemap is not ideal but imho it is not a big issue to worry about.

I would be much more concerned about your content and backlinks.
12:26 am on Aug 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I agree with your point.

Sitemaps help bots determine which should be indexed first, but it is not like a command or anything. Just helps if it should crawl domain.com or domain.com/page-title

I actual figured out a work around. I just "rebuild" my site map automatically and everything is fixed.

homepage priority 1
blog priority .9

everything else .1-.6